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Organic Geochemical Analysis of the Second Whit...

SKU: GRI-02/0163
Organic Geochemical Analysis of the Second White Speckled Shale and Belle Fourche Formation, Upper Cretaceous Colorado Group, West Central Alberta: Implications for Shale Gas Production

To better understand the exploration potential of this play, two models have been developed that better characterize both the geological setting and the geochemical framework of current shale gas production. This report documents an evaluation of the shale gas potential of two formations found within the WCSB that conform to these models.
Document Type
Report
Report Type
Topical Report
Corporate Source
GTI E&P Services Canada, Inc., Calgary, AB; University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Sponsor
Gas Research Institute, Des Plaines, IL
Pagination
99p
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Summary:
As the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) matures, the exploration, development, and production of unconventional gas (coalbed methane, gas from shale, and very low permeable sandstone) will become increasingly essential to sustain an ever-increasing North American energy demand. To better understand the exploration potential of this play, two models have been developed that better characterize both the geological setting and the geochemical framework of current shale gas production. This report documents an evaluation of the shale gas potential of two formations found within the WCSB that conform to these models. The study area, approximately 1.58 million hectares (4 million acres) located in west central Alberta, was selected to better characterize the shale gas potential of the Upper Cretaceous Second White Speckled Shale (SWS) and underlying Belle Fourche Formations. Cores from wellbores in the area provided sufficient samples to generate new geochemical data for these formations. Basin modeling suggests that large amounts of oil and gas have been generated, and assuming low expulsion rates, may still be confined within the formations. A cumulative resource calculation for the two formations suggests hydrocarbon volume to be in the order of 1013 and 1012 m3. The scope of the study did not allow for detailed structural analysis of the area. However, proximity to the Rocky Mountain deformed belt and the Peace River Arch make this an area warranting further work.
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